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WSJ: Ohio State defends title of most valuable football program

They’re the reigning national champs – at least for a few more hours – and they’re college football’s most valuable program for the second consecutive season, according to a recent wsj.com study. The Ohio State Buckeyes lead the country with a value of $946.61 million, nearly $62 million more than second-place Texas, which has the nation’s largest revenue at $128 million. Rival Michigan places third ($811.30), while Penn State rounds out the top 10 ($481.39). Just missing the top 10 are No. 11 Nebraska ($443.13) and No. 12 Iowa ($439.57). The annual study was conducted by Ryan Brewer, an assistant

Top Big Ten matches showcased on 'Wrestling in 60' Monday nights

Tonight is the debut of “Wrestling in 60,” a one-hour show spotlighting the top dual wrestling matches from the past week across the Big Ten Conference. The first show airs at 8:30 p.m. ET tonight and several times again. “Wrestling in 60” will air on Monday nights. Find all available show times for “Wrestling in 60” on the show’s TV schedule page. This week’s spotlighted matches include: 149 pounds: Michigan’s Alec Pantaleo vs. Ohio State’s Hunter Stieber 133 pounds: Michigan’s Rossi Bruno vs. Ohio State’s Johnni DiJulius 197 pounds: Maryland’s Garrett Wesneski vs Minnesota’s Brett Pfarr 133 pounds: Iowa’s Cory Clark vs.

Big Ten Whiteboard: Keep an eye on Michigan State this week

The third week of the Big Ten season is upon us, and it’s becoming increasingly clear that Maryland, Michigan State, Iowa and Indiana are the teams to beat. And Thursday’s Iowa at Michigan State tilt will go a long way to shaping the race as we head into the teeth of winter. [ MORE: Follow @BTNJonCrispin | Power Rankings | Player Rankings | Best of week that was | Win trip for two to the Big Ten tourney | Polls | Standings | Stats | Scores ] Game of the week: Iowa at Michigan State, Thursday. When the Hawkeyes hit

Tom's Take: Honors, stock watch, top performers, notes & quotes

It’s time for my latest look at the week that was. It’s good to be an Indiana Hoosier. And how about those Maryland Terrapins? [ MORE: Follow @BTNJonCrispin | Win trip for two to the Big Ten tourney | Polls | Standings | Stats | Scores ] Biggest surprise: Indiana. Yes, the Hoosiers have lost star James Blackmon for the season to injury, but the team is hot. Last week, Indiana grinded out a 59-58 win vs. Wisconsin in which the unbeaten 1975-76 team was honored. On Sunday, the Hoosiers clubbed visiting Ohio State, 85-60. OSU had won seven in a

Watch Sunday's best Big Ten men's basketball highlights

There was a trio of Big Ten men’s basketball games Sunday, and all three were decided by double digits. [ MORE: Catch up on all of Sunday’s action on our Big Ten scoreboard ] No. 5 Michigan State cruised past Penn State, 92-65, in Denzel Valentine’s return, Indiana destroyed Ohio State, 85-60, in a meeting of 3-0 Big Ten teams, and Illinois upset No. 20 Purdue, 84-70. A few notables from Sunday’s action: Valentine finished with 10 points, four rebounds, four assists and two steals in 23 minutes off the bench, his first action since Dec. 19; the Hoosiers’ easy

Four former Big Ten football standouts make 2015 All-Pro Team

It was another highly successful season for former Big Ten stars in the NFL. [ MORE: Big Ten names on NFL playoff teams ] None were more impressive than San Francisco LB NaVorro Bowman (Penn State), Cleveland T Joe Thomas (Wisconsin), Houston DE J.J Watt (Wisconsin) and Baltimore G Marshal Yanda (Iowa), all of who made the 2015 All-Pro Team, released Friday. Bowman racked up a career-high and NFL-best 154 tackles, Thomas played every snap for the ninth time in as many seasons, Watt, the reigning AP Defensive Player of the Year, registered an NFL-leading 17.5 sacks, and Yanda allowed just

Big Ten Survey: Most impressive men's hoops team so far is ...

The Big Ten hoops season is starting to gain steam. Which team has been most impressive? In my weekly Big Ten survey, I posed the question to some esteemed members of the media who cover the league. Thoughts? Leave them in the comments section below. Kevin Noon, BuckeyeGrove.com (@Kevin_Noon): I think it is Maryland. Michigan State has shown that it relies too heavily upon Denzel Valentine and I think Maryland is more diverse with its weapons and set up for a solid run this year. Steve Greenberg, Chicago Sun-Times/Bleacherreport.com (@SLGreenberg): Michigan State — the Denzel Valentine version — impressed me

Big Ten links: Football title game vote coming at NCAA Convention

The 2016 NCAA Convention is next week, and a vote will be taken on the Big 12 and ACC's proposal to deregulate rules surrounding league title football games. What exactly does that mean? Also in Friday's Big Ten headlines, two Big Ten football players wrote public letters to fans but for different reasons. Plus, Ohio State is dealing with seeing nine players entered the NFL Draft. Catch up in this post.

Big Ten Hockey Report: Minnesota-Penn State preview

This week, BTN’s Rick Pizzo and Paul Caponigri preview the weekend games between Minnesota and Penn State men’s hockey teams. Penn State hosts Minnesota Friday at 6:30 p.m. ET and Saturday at 3 p.m.. Friday’s game is on BTN and BTN2Go (via this link) and Saturday’s game is offered via our subscription service BTN Plus. Plus, we have a one-on-one interview with Minnesota head coach Don Lucia in this post, too. The Gophers are 7-1-0 all-time against the Nittany Lions in a series that began with the formation of the Big Ten Conference in 2013-14. Hudson Fasching is Minnesota’s active leading

BTN's Shane Sparks: Big Ten's wrestling schedule heats up

Ohio State's Kyle Snyder will debut this season. Iowa won the Midlands again. Penn State is packed with talent. Plus a look at a few key upcoming conference showdowns. BTN wrestling analyst Shane Sparks has all this and more in hos weekly wrestling report.